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Farewell, Nate Dogg

March 16, 2011

Although I am in the process of reviewing The Dropkick Murphys’ latest album, something happened yesterday that stopped me in my tracks. Celebrity deaths happen every day, and usually I’ll see that it happened, think, “that’s sad,” and move on with my day. However, sometimes a celebrity’s death stops me in my tracks. Yesterday, at the early age of 41, legendary R&B/hip-hop artist  Nate Dogg died of yet unknown causes. However, it was probably due to a stroke, as he has suffered strokes in recent years.

Although Nate Dogg did foray into a solo career, his bread and butter was singing hooks for hip-hop jams. While some had criticized him for being merely a “hook-singer,” I believe that he was an invaluable asset to music who will be sorely missed. Although less present in music in recent years (possibly due to health reasons), Nate Dogg enjoyed a long career being featured on various jams of rap superstars ranging from 2Pac to Dr. Dre to Eminem. He provided hooks on songs ranging from club bangers to love songs to street jams. The bass of his hypnotic voice serenaded listeners for years, and he was a fundamental part of the shimmering G-funk sound so prevalent in the ’90s. This is a sad moment in hip-hop, as we have lost yet another one of the great voices that propelled hip-hop to new heights and exposure.

R.I.P. Nate Dogg; you are already missed.

Photo acquired from Google Images

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Coming Up…

March 9, 2011

This site is starting off with a bang. An interview with a promising MC, a review of a prominent band’s latest album, and a look at what 2011 has in store for us regarding music is just a part of what is coming up. Here’s a list of what I will be aiming to accomplish over the next few weeks:

An Interview with Houston-based MC Preemo

If you haven’t heard of this guy, you are forgiven. His sophomore effort, Concrete Dreams, was one of the best hip-hop albums released in 2010, though due to minimal exposure it went largely unnoticed. Still, don’t sleep on Preemo, who’s currently living in Texas but has been all over the U.S. and even Mexico. This dedicated artist combines raw honesty with beats that bump for a thoroughly pleasurable listening experience. I contacted Preemo’s publicist via Twitter and am currently in the process of setting up an interview.

A Review of The Dropkick Murphys’ Going Out in Style

This celtic-punk band has gained a cult-like following over the past 14 years, and as a fellow Irishman I can’t object to their hard-rocking, folksy sound. Still, many bands fall off as time goes on. So, does Going Out in Style deliver the goods? Stop back to find out soon.

Comparing/Contrasting Muscle Car Chronicles to Rolling Papers

Both have released two prior official studio albums. Both enjoy a considerable amount of hype in their respective regions. Both have a love affair with Mary Jane. So, when rapper Curren$y drops Chronicles on March 15 and Wiz Khalifa releases Papers two weeks later, I will compare and contrast the two for those of you who only have enough cash for one album this month.

2nd Quarter Preview

An annotated list of albums, mixtapes, and songs set to be released from April-June will be posted after thorough research. Genres researched will include rock, r&b, hip-hop, country, pop, and possibly jazz.

Editorial: Producers vs. Musicians

Being that it is the technological age, music we consume is being increasingly created by technologically enhanced sounds in a studio, rather than by live instruments. While this has opened the door for more creativity and new possibilities regarding music-making, a lot of instrument-purists are seething with rage at computer-created sounds. I will weigh in on the debate.

Sound good? I, for one, am excited. Check back frequently for more posts!

(Editor’s note: I am now going by the web alias of “Bundini” after Drew “Bundini” Brown, who was Muhammad Ali’s cornerman. I have chosen this name because I consider myself in your corner, helping to guide you along with information from the music world. )

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I Remember My First Blog…

March 9, 2011

Welcome. Everyone is a blogger now, right? It has become a fad in the same vain of Auto Tune in ’09 or bowl cuts in the ’90s. So, you’re probably thinking, What makes this guy any different? Well, for starters, I am actually going to school for journalism and thus preparing for a career as a– you guessed it– journalist.

However, that’s all I’ll say regarding my qualifications. I have decided to take the age-old adage of actions speak louder than words and turn it into articles speak louder than introductions. Besides, this isn’t a resume.

This is a music site. I chose the spelling m-u-z-i-k because “nothingbutmusic” was already taken. Since I do not have the resources to acquire the news as fast as say, Rolling Stone or XXL, the main purpose of this site is not to report the news, but to offer personal insight on today’s musical happenings. My main area of expertise is hip-hop, but I am also well-versed in many other genres.

So, what sets this blog apart from the countless other music blogs on the internet? This blog will focus more on the actual music, rather than celebrity gossip. Still, if something relevant is going on with an artist, it will be written about. Reviews, editorials, and occasional interviews will make up the bulk of the articles published on this site. Also, feel free to tell me how you feel. I’m a big boy; I can handle it. My goal is to make this site an interactive one. No, I am not a mainstream head nor an underground snob. If music is good, it’s good. If it’s not, it’s not. That’s all that matters.

Sound like your cuppa Arnold Palmer? Good. I’m looking forward to presenting you with some solid pieces in the near future. If not, on to the next and good life to you.